Mussoorie – The Queen of Hill Stations
Just 290 Km. away from the Capital of India, one of the most famous hill stations of North India is waiting to welcome you with its breathtaking views and beauty. Mussoorie also known as the queen of the hill stations is situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. With its green hills and varied flora and fauna, it is sitting at an average altitude of 1,880 metres.
At one the time, this town was famous among tourists as a fairyland because of its snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south. The highest point is Lal Tibba with a height of over 3,000 metres.
Tourism is the major significant factor in Mussoorie’s economy. Thousands of tourists travel to this beautiful place majorly from North India. It’s quite famous among foreign tourists as well and travellers keep floating to this place every season. Mussoorie is just 82 Km. away from Haridwar which is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Being very close to Haridwar, it is a privilege to see God’s stunning creation of two sides.
Eminent Tourist Places
As the name suggests itself, this place is at the extreme the west of Mussoorie hill. A bungalow with the name of Cloud end was constructed by a British Major in 1838. It is also one of the very first buildings built in Mussoorie. This place is now no more a bungalow and has been turned into a Hotel called Cloud end. The resort offers a calm and quiet aroma and also offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan range and the sacred Yamuna river.
This is a perfect place if you want to feel like standing on the highest point in Mussoorie. There is also a 20m tall tower situated right at the edge of the cliff. There is an old telescope in the tower. By paying just Rs. 20, you can have a close look at the snow-capped Himalayan range.
Another one of the highest peak points in Mussoorie. This is an absolutely fantastic place to feel the height. Filled with greenery, covered with passing clouds, a worth reaching place. You can also have a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan range and Doon valley from this point.
The Mall Road
One of the most famous and oldest places in Mussoorie is known for shopping alcoholics. The structure of this place takes you back to the colonial period of the Britishers. There is also a Methodist church which is 100 years old.
Just a 10 km drive from Mussoorie, it is a newly developed tourist place. It offers a beautiful view of the mountains and also has some good restaurants and accommodation facilities.
Camel’s Back Road
There is nothing special about this road yet if not visited you are going to miss the followings; A ravishing sunset view from the Himalayan range, A memorable evening walk and horse riding if you wish to have one 🙂
The Soham Heritage & Art Centre and Kashi Devasthanam
If you want to experience the traditions and culture of the Himalayas through paintings, then a must-visit place.
Eminent Picnic Spots in Mussoorie
Maintained by the municipal corporation, the Company garden is one of the best picnic locations in Mussoorie. It is at a distance of just 3 km. from the mall road. It has a mini lake, an amusement park and also a flower garden.
Situated on Mussoorie – Dehradun road, it is a newly built picnic spot. You can enjoy pedal boating there and also have eye-catching views of Doon valley and nearby villages.
To have an amazing view of Jharipani Falls, you just need to drive 8.5 km from Mussoorie.
Sir George Everest House
Just 6 km. drive from Gandhi chowk, this place provides a picturesque view of Doon valley on one side and a view of Yamuna valley and Himalayan range on the other side. It is the park estate of Sir George Everest who was the First Surveyor General of India. The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is named after Sir George Everest.
Eminent Temples in Mussoorie
Also known as Beano hills, Jwalaji Temple is situated 9 km west of Mussoorie. Surrounded by thick forests having an ideal of Goddess Durga, this place offers a religious peace along with eye-catching views of Doon Valley.
Nag Devta Temple
An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is situated on Cart Mackenjee road. It is about 6 km from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun.
Sri Chamunda Peeth Temple
A perfect venue for Yoga, Meditation and religious practices, this temple was set up in 1998. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti.
- Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is approximately 54 kilometres away from Mussoorie, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.
- Train: There are many trains connecting New Delhi with Dehradun, like Shatabdi Express (as well as the Jan Shatabdi Express), the Mussoorie Express, and the Nizamuddin AC Special. The journey takes approximately 5.5 hours, depending on the train chosen.
- Road: Mussoorie is well connected with a road network of bus services, which includes private tour operators as well as state transport corporations. Also, Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is just 1-hour drive from Mussoorie which makes it more accessible.
- Own Drive: A good road connectivity from Delhi, Mussoorie makes for a great road trip. When travelling from Delhi, you need to take the NH58 route.